FDR and an impromptu Press conference – October 1937
Click on the link here for Audio player: FDR – Fireside Chat – Oct. 12, 1937
On the occasion of his return from a cross-country tour, President Roosevelt gave one of his familiar Fireside Chat’s ahead of a special session of Congress on October 12, 1937.
He discusses the progress that had been made as the result of the Recovery steps the Administration had taken during the previous several months, but also what was still needed to happen for the recovery to continue.
He also had a word or two for the complainers in Washington who kept talking about “too much Government”.
FDR: “Sometimes I get bored, sitting in Washington, hearing certain people talk and talk about all that government ought not to do. People who got all they wanted from government, back in the days when the financial institutions and the railroads were being bailed out in 1933. Bailed out, by the government.”
75 years later . . .still complaining.
Mikhail Gorbachev – Selling a summit.
Click on the link here for Audio player:News for October 15, 1986
News for this day in October of 1986 had to do with assessing the Summit between Reagan and Gorbachev in Reykjavik, Iceland and the beginning of renewed talks in Geneva.
The sticking point continued to be the Star Wars initiative, even though tentative agreement arrived over a 50% reduction in Strategic Missiles and the removal of all U.S. and Soviet missiles from Europe. The Star Wars deadlock threatened to derail even those concessions. But there was Geneva ahead and along with it went some optimism.
Meanwhile, Nobel Prizes were handed out for Physics and Chemistry. Mary Lund, the first female recipient of an artificial heart, died. Actor Keenan Wynn also died from a brief illness. And the aftermath continued from the deadly earthquake in El Salvador, with relief aid continuing to pour in.
On Capitol Hill, the Stop Gap Spending bill was stalled, bringing with it a healthy dose of hand-wringing from both sides of the aisle. Because of the stall, everyone had to postpone getting back to constituents and campaigning for the off-year election.
But on an optimistic note – new car sales were up in September. Signs that perhaps the economy was turning around.
All that, and a lot more for this October 15th in 1976, by way of The CBS World News Roundup.
Albert Roussel – came to music late in life and then more than made up for it.
Click on the link here for Audio Player: Roussel – Rhapsodie Flamande – 1954
Over to French radio again. This week’s concert comes from The Strasbourg Music Festival, circa 1954, conducted by Frank Martin and featuring the music of Albert Roussel.
Rhapsodie Flamande for Orchestra, written in the 1938. Roussel was a very prolific composer who ironically came to it late in life. He was also a contemporary of Ravel and Debussy, while blazing his own path.
Rhapsodie Flamande probably hasn’t gotten nearly as much exposure as some of his more large-scale works, so it’s a welcome addition if you’re hearing this for the first time.